Géraldine Kutas to continue as Board Chair

14th June 2018

During the meeting of the Bonsucro Board of Directors last week the decision was taken to appoint Géraldine Kutas as the substantive chair in order to provide stability and continuity to the organisation. Géraldine has been serving as the interim Chair since January 2018.

“I feel honored and privileged to be appointed as substantive Chair of the Board of Directors and to lead the work of such a group of devoted people. Sustainability is a journey that requires commitment, continuity in actions and dedication, and I am delighted to continue serving this organisation with passion.”,

At UNICA since 2007, Géraldine was responsible for defining and leading the entity’s international activities. A seasoned professional specialising in international trade policy, she leverages over a decade of experience to strengthen UNICA’s activities across the European Union, the United States and Asia. She has deep expertise in biofuels and agricultural policies, coupled with extensive exposure to multilateral and regional trade negotiations in agriculture. Géraldine has a Ph.D. in International Economics from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.

Bonsucro & Renovabio: Exploring synergies and advancing GHG reduction in Brazil

Project partners: Earth innovation Institute and Agroicone
Project length: 12 months Budget: $22,347,79
Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals:

RenovaBio is a Brazilian biofuel policy designed to decrease Brazil’s greenhouse gas emissions by 10% by 2029 [compared to 2018], in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change. It aims to do this by incentivising fuel distributors to blend more biofuels into their products. RenovaBio has established a certification scheme for biofuel, towards which Brazilian sugarcane mills are working, that will enable them to trade decarbonisation credits on the Brazilian stock exchange.

Bonsucro continuously seeks to grow awareness and adoption of its standard. In Brazil, this can be achieved by aligning its framework with RenovaBio to optimise costs and time for mills. In 2019, Bonsucro received a grant of US $22,000 from the Earth Innovation Institute to provide a common understanding of how RenovaBio works and how other regions might benefit from this approach.

Bonsucro addressed the topic at Bonsucro Global Week in Bangkok in March 2019, and through three stakeholder forums in Brazil. The Bonsucro team also commissioned a technical comparison study, which enabled the organisation to understand how best to align with RenovaBio’s requirements.

The study has been shared with key stakeholders in Brazil and the project is now complete. Bonsucro is working to incorporate the study’s findings and recommendations through its ongoing Production Standard Revision process.

By aligning opportunities of optimisation, joint work and integration with the Brazilian Government and reflecting it in the Bonsucro Standard, Bonsucro can help to ensure that more producers adopt sustainability standards like Bonsucro.